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Father’s Day: More Married. More Husband. More Father. More Man. by Greg Swann

“Women can’t fix marriage. Only men can.

Women make marriage work? Women start homes and families? Women raise self-responsible kids who grow up to be good parents?

That’s wrong, all of it. In consequence, so is everything else.

Only men can fix their marriages and make their families work, because marriage and family are the man’s relationships from the outset. He initiates contact with her, he forges and fires their romance, he pops the question, weds her, beds her and pumps her full of his babies. He drives his family—sometimes right across the horizon.

And then he goes to sleep, in many families, or so it would seem. He’s moody, silent and passive. Or he’s rancorous and sarcastic. Or he’s simply absent. What he is not is the man-in-charge.

This is The Runaway Minivan. Dad’s in the driver’s seat, but he won’t drive his family. Mom is gamely trying to pick up the slack, but she can’t do her job and his, too—and she can’t lead him or her sons in any case. If Dad doesn’t take back the wheel, his family is going to crash. Father’s Day is about what happens when he does.”

 

New Books Playground says: Father’s Day: More Married. More Husband. More Father. More Man. is an inspiring book about what it takes to be a husband, father, and man.

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